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Date:      Fri, 17 Jul 2020 10:12:26 -0400
From:      Lonnie Cumberland <>
Subject:   NanoBSD and PicoBSD questions
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Hi All,

I am just now coming to FreeBSD over from the Linux world.

In the past,I read a little bit about a 6BM BSD version made from FreeBSd
called MiniBSD which was only 6MB in size but unfortunately that was for an
i386 base and the project seems to be now dead.

I am very interest possibly generating up some in ultra-thin FreeBSD
versions for the x86_64 (AMD) platform that can be along the same size or
smaller, of course without an xserver as I am looking into SDL & DirectFB
to run the GUI single application (no desktop needed) that I want.

On that note, I have also read that FreeBSD has some "tools" that may be
able to generate versions of PicoBSD (around 2MB) and NanoBSD (??? MB) so I
have set up a FreeBSD system so that I can try to generate some ISO's if

For this project, an initial FreeBSD, or dialect, being the smaller the
better with just the absolute bare essentials on it so that I can add
things as needed.

What I am not sure about here is how to install the FreeBSD tools that seem
to have the shell scripts that will generate PicoBSD and NanoBSD.

I would like to be able to download a pre-built ISO of these just to see
them run before jumping into the effort but cannot find them anywhere.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,

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